National Bank of Kenya Limited ( 2006 Annual Report

first_imgNational Bank of Kenya Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about National Bank of Kenya Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Bank of Kenya Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Bank of Kenya Limited (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileNational Bank of Kenya (NBK) Limited is a financial services institution providing banking products and services for the retail, commercial corporate and Islamic banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to term deposits, personal loans and overdrafts, insurance premium finance, liquidity management, treasury services, custodial services and asset finance services. National Bank of Kenya offers mortgage products to salaried and business customers under the National Homes brand. The company also offers account relationship management and bancassurance products. It operates through a wide network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. National Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Study Sheds Light on Impacts of Supreme Court Decision

first_img SHARE The Supreme Court has ruled that genes can’t be patented. A Colorado State University Associate Professor recently worked with a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University to analyze U.S. patents. They found that the case may not have the dramatic impact some in the biotechnology industry have feared. Still – they caution that while attention is currently focused on human genetic diagnostics – the decision may have unanticipated impacts on patents that claim sequences from species well beyond just humans. According to the study – there are fewer U.S. gene patents than previously suggested. The study also found that the majority of gene patents actually claim genes from other organisms – ranging from mice to corn to microbes. In fact – 59-percent of the patents impacted by the court’s decision claim sequences from non-human species. The study’s third key finding is that applicants appear to have been moving away from making the kinds of patent claims at greatest legal risk in this case for the past decade.The plaintiffs in the Myriad Genetics case sought a resolution as to whether or not an isolated DNA molecule with a natural genetic sequence from the human genome should be considered eligible to be patented. The research team conducted a comprehensive, in-depth review of the number and types of U.S. patents that make the kind of claims to DNA that were being challenged. CSU Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Gregory Graff says the goal was to give some sort of measure to the potential legal and commercial implications of what is squaring up to become a landmark patent case – one of the most significant Supreme Court cases in the biologicial sciences for decades.The full paper – Not Quite a Myriad of Gene Patents: Assessing the potential impact of the U.S. Supreme Court on the changing landscape of U.S. patents that claim nucleic acids – was published last month in Nature Biotechnology. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jun 13, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Study Sheds Light on Impacts of Supreme Court Decision Facebook Twittercenter_img Study Sheds Light on Impacts of Supreme Court Decision Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleHurt: Hold off on Expanding Hog OperationsNext articleRecent Report Shows RFS Doesn’t Increase Food Prices Gary Truittlast_img read more

Russian TV dodges bad news

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en News Follow the news on Russia Receive email alertscenter_img Credit: Alexander Nemenov / AFP Organisation RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the growing trend of major Russian TV channels ignoring or playing down bad news. A massive fire in a Siberian shopping mall on 25 March was left uncovered for half a day while other dramatic events in recent months have been played down. President Putin’s activities meanwhile get systematic coverage.More than 60 people were killed in the shopping mall fire in the Siberian city of Kemerovo but it was ignored for hours by the three leading TV networks – Pervy Kanal and Rossiya 1, which are mainly state-owned, and NTV, which belongs to the mainly state-owned natural gas company Gazprom.Some privately-owned media outlets began live coverage from the disaster scene from as early as midday, but the major TV channels did not report it until their evening news programmes and then only gave it brief mention after long reports about the results of the previous week’s presidential election.Playing up good newsSeveral studies have shown that in recent months the federal TV networks have covered certain “negative” events only partially or belatedly or have ignored them altogether. This was the case with two deadly attacks in schools in Perm and Ulan-Ude in January. They were front-page news in the national newspapers but the three big TV networks dedicated a total of only five reports to each attack. And none of the Sunday new programmes mentioned these tragic events.A knife attack in Siberia in August 2017 in which at least eight people were injured received only sporadic coverage by the big TV channels although it was claimed by Islamic State. Instead the news programmes covered the terrorist attacks in Catalonia, nationalism in the United States and reports that Ukraine had been sending arms to North Korea.Regardless of the possible ad hoc explanations, dissimulation of bad news is consistent with the Russian government’s media policies, of which the federal TV networks are the main tool. On the eve of the 2018 presidential campaign, the leading TV channels were strictly forbidden to broadcast “negative” stories without prior approval from senior media officials in the president’s office.The media were also encouraged to play up positive news chosen by the Kremlin by means of a news exchange system with the regions and leading companies, which was set up before the start of the campaign. According to a BBC Russian service interviewee, the ban on negative TV news has probably been extended until President Putin is sworn in for another term in May.Waiting for management’s green lightAt the federal TV networks, which are still the main source of news for most Russians, self-censorship is the rule and their executives are often summoned for briefings at the Kremlin. But officially the Kremlin keeps its distance and claims that the TV networks decide their own editorial policies.Asked why the leading TV channels were so slow to cover the Kemerovo fire, presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov, who is also in charge of media relations, said “at first no one imagined the scale of the tragedy.” But Peskov himself had said in January that coverage of tragic events “needs a very delicate approach.”“There is no shortage of irony in the government’s repeated condemnation of rumours about the Kemerovo fire,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “By saying nothing about the fire for so long, the state-controlled TV channels were partly to blame. We call on the authorities to respect their own laws, which ban censorship and guarantee the absence of state interference in media editorial policies.”Contradictory explanationsAccording to a Rossiya 1 employee, the newsroom waited for a green light from the management before starting to cover the Kemerovo fire, and this took time because it was a Sunday. Senior staff at the TV channels and in their newsrooms either said that there was already “too much news” to add another report or that “the federal TV channels cannot sow panic in the absence of official information.”Rumours and conspiracy theories were nonetheless already getting a lot of circulation the day after the disaster, along with wild estimates of the death toll. Much of the official message was moreover given over to denouncing a coordinated “campaign” to “destabilize the situation.” RussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionCouncil of Europe May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News April 3, 2018 Russian TV dodges bad newslast_img read more

Pasadena’s Cloudy, ‘Hard Water’ Safe to Drink, Says PWP and City Manager

first_imgPublic Safety Pasadena’s Cloudy, ‘Hard Water’ Safe to Drink, Says PWP and City Manager From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, October 16, 2015 | 2:35 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Water and Power and the City Manager’s office are assuring water consumers that water coming from PWP taps is safe to drink, despite observations it has become unusually ‘hard’ and cloudy.The City Manager’s Office gave the assurance in its Weekly Newsletter released on Thursday, October 15th, where it also explained the cloudiness as well as the ‘hard water’ issue can both be attributed to the drought’s effect on water supplies.Quoting PWP Interim General Manager Eric Klinkner, City Manager Michael J. Beck said PWP’s water is harder because supplies from Northern California, which have a lower mineral content, have been reduced.“PWP normally blends water from three sources, including local groundwater, the Colorado River, and the State Water Project in Northern California,” Beck writes in the Newsletter. “Local groundwater and water imported from the Colorado River contain relatively higher amounts of calcium and magnesium, and as a result are often described as ‘hard’ water sources. Because PWP is currently unable to blend the harder water sources with water from SWP, some of our customers have noticed an increase in hardness.”On the issue of cloudiness or milky appearance of the water, Beck said this is due to air bubbles. He said the amount of air bubbles in PWP’s water is higher than normal because the local water table is lower than normal.“With lower water tables, PWP’s wells draw more air bubbles into the water when it is pumped out,” wrote Beck. “When this water is delivered to customer’s taps, it often comes out appearing cloudy, milky or white. The water will clear in a few moments if allowed to settle.”PWP, on its website, reassures Pasadena residents that there is no cause for concern about the health impacts of hard water.“All tap water contains dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron, with calcium and magnesium possessing beneficial nutrients that positively impact the human body,” PWP said.It also said water softeners and descaling products can help reduce the effect of excess minerals in water causing white spots on glass, porcelain and other fixtures.PWP customers are advised to call PWP’s Water Quality Manager David Kimbrough at (626) 744-7315 for any questions about the water quality. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Community News Top of the News center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

WATCH: Aherne proud of direction taken by Aisling Annacotty

first_imgPrint WhatsApp “We have no divine right to beat anyone unless we’re one hundred percent at it” Advertisement LISTEN: Stephen Hunt Reviews Ireland Vs Serbia NewsSportSoccerVideoWATCH: Aherne proud of direction taken by Aisling AnnacottyBy Adrian Finnin – August 14, 2019 166 Twitter Linkedin TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewssoccerSportSporting limerickvideo Facebook Bank of Ireland Announced as New League of Ireland Sponsor Previous article“The inner workings of a duo”Next articleO Tuama steps in Limerick’s Literary Trail Adrian Finnin Email On This Day: National League successes for the Limerick Footballers The post WATCH: Aherne proud of direction taken by Aisling Annacotty appeared first on Sporting Limerick. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: Barrett “Vital that we have a Senior Men’s Team in the Region” Standing on the new grass pitch overlooking the new community centre and state of the art dressing rooms, it was hard not to be impressed by the new set-up at Aisling Annacotty. The club begin their Limerick District League Premier Division campaign on Thursday evening when they host Regional United (6.30).Last season, the Annacotty club finished in sixth position which in the upcoming campaign would see them compete against the top clubs on a weekly basis in the second half of the season, when the league splits into a top and bottom six. However, Aisling manager Mike Aherne has grave concerns about the new league structure.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up I think the structure is a concern for anyone with a decent player because if you don’t get into the top 6, they will be cherry-picked by other clubs.It just hasn’t been thought out and I have heard interviews with other managers and I am not sure that anybody really knows what way it is going to go.For me, I don’t think it is going to work regardless because the bottom six teams will lose interest in the second half of the season.Aherne also aired his frustration at the direction that other clubs are taking; stating that Aisling Annacotty will continue to concentrate on investing in top-class facilities.“I think the league will continue to suffer as the power has completely shifted to the player. The players will determine which clubs are strongest. The strongest clubs will be the ones that can attract the players through whatever terms they can offer.”Aherne goes into detail about his concerns and frustrations as well as his hopes for the current group at Aisling. To watch the full interview, click on the link below. GIF Analysis: Treaty show plenty of promise in game of two halves last_img read more

Limerick’s new brand to sharpen competitive edge

first_imgEmail Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick’s new brand to sharpen competitive edgeBy Alan Jacques – January 23, 2020 405 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Advertisement LSAD Graphic Design students and staff with M&C Saatchi designers at a workshop on the new Limerick brand.Photo: Alan PlaceA FIRST ever brand to strength Limerick’s competitive edge nationally and internationally is to be unveiled at the end of this month.Limerick City and County Council, after a careful and detailed process, has finalised an all-embracing brand position that it will promote across all high-potential markets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Hailed as “an essential step in the exciting and transformative Limerick journey”, the brand will be promoted to raise the profile of the city and county as a destination for inward industry and tourism investment and to attract people to live, work and play here.The brand will be unveiled at St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, January 30.“The past decade has been arguably Limerick’s greatest ever in terms of the ground we have made. When you consider where we were at the start of it and where we were when we came out of it, these two points are poles apart,” said Mayor Michael Sheahan.“But you can’t assume that it’s going to continue as momentum just does not happen; you have to make it happen. That’s what we are doing with the development of this new brand for Limerick.“We have worked closely with one of the world’s leading agencies, M&C Saatchi, and a range of local suppliers around the creation of the assets for the programme and this has brought us to a point where we are about to take the new brand to the market, as it were, and strengthen Limerick’s hand so that we win more investment, more visitors and more people to come and live, work and study here.”According to Council Head of Marketing and Communications, Laura Ryan, the process has involved a lot of research and conversations to arrive at a brand position that reflects where we are and what we want to achieve.“Ultimately, embarking on this journey for Limerick for the first time has been a major statement. It shows the ambition that Limerick now has; that we are fully confident about our proposition, our offering and its ability to compete in the international market place.  “The key thing was that we named that intent by creating a brand that would turn heads and grab a share of voice for Limerick wherever opportunities arise here in Ireland or abroad that offer potential for us. We are fully confident we have delivered that brand and look forward to bringing it to the people on January 30,” she said. Previous articleAisling Annacotty announce Tracy signingNext articleAll eyes on the Munster Junior Cup this Weekend Alan Jacques center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Thousands of Indiana teachers convene for massive ‘Red for Ed’ rally

first_imgskynesher/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Nearly half of Indiana’s public schools will be closed on Tuesday as thousands of teachers descend on the state’s capital for a “Red for Ed” protest.Over 100 school districts in the state have closed after the massive amount of teachers took the day off for the rally, according to the IndyStar. This equates to approximately 45 percent of public school students — or more than half a million children — getting the day off from school.Educators and allies participating in the Red for Ed Day Action Day, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), are demanding state lawmakers to invest more in education.Among those who will be marching is Randy Harrison, a government teacher at Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., who told Indianapolis ABC News affiliate WRTV that the rally is about “more than wages and benefits for teachers.”“It’d be nice to be able to afford textbooks and technology to supplement a whole classroom,” he said. “Protect the arts, music, P.E., a library.”Clad in red, the marching teachers are taking to the streets to fight for increased pay, for students and teachers to be immune from “I-Learn” standardized test scores, and to repeal a license-renewal requirement that forces teachers to complete an “externship” in order to renew their teaching license.“Lawmakers must demonstrate a commitment to addressing teacher pay by using the state’s budget surplus to begin increasing base salaries for teachers,” ISTA leaders wrote in a public note of talking points ahead of the action day. “The lack of significant and sustainable investments in our schools over the past decade has placed Indiana behind neighboring states on funding levels and places us last in the nation in teacher salary growth.”The statement added that Indiana has accumulated a surplus of more than $2 billion, adding that “legislature should use a portion of these funds to continue the work to make teacher pay competitive in the region.”“Low I-LEARN scores don’t reflect the hard work Hoosier kids and teachers are doing in our classrooms,” the note added. “Test scores certainly shouldn’t determine how our communities are labeled by accountability grades.”Finally, the externship requirement that forces teachers to complete a series of programs on “career navigation or economic development” in order to renew their licenses “has placed an undue burden on teachers and is misplaced in its implementation,” the teachers association note said.“Red for Ed” or the red for education movement, has rallied teachers together in protests across the nation as they demand lawmakers to invest more in schools and education. “Red for Ed” teachers protests have taken place in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and more since 2018.The national average teachers starting salary in Indiana is $35,943 and the average salary is $50,614, according to the National Education Association union, ranking the state 36th in the nation. Moreover, per student spending in the state is $8,496, ranking it 47th in the nation. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: 59 NFL players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 613,000 people worldwide.Over 14.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 141,845 deaths. Here is how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:8:25 a.m.: Masks could have ‘very significant impact’ on outbreak within months, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called masks the “most powerful tool” against the coronavirus. “This is the greatest public health crisis that our nation has faced in more than a century,” Redfield told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Wednesday. “If all Americans would embrace that [masks] as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks.”But when it comes to the idea of a national mask mandate, Redfield said, “the issue is how to motivate all Americans to do that.” “Some governors have done it, obviously with mandates. Other governors have done it through example. I think our key is just to let the American public know how important this is,” he said.As the new school year nears, Redfield said he would “absolutely” be comfortable with his grandchildren heading back to their classrooms. Redfield added he only may have “some reservation” about his grandson with cystic fibrosis, “depending on how he could be accommodated in the school.” “I think it’s really important to get our schools open,” he said. “It’s not public health versus opening the schools or the economy — it’s public health versus public health. I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having schools closed.” “So it’s so important now to work together with school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way and to do it in a way that is safe,” he continued.5:11 a.m.: France says it has 208 active clusters of COVID-19 across the countryFrance has 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to the General Directorate of Health, which notes that “the circulation of the virus is increasing.”Since May 9, 547 grouped cases — or clusters — have been detected but 339 have been closed, said the Directorate General of Health.Currently, 6,482 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 455 patients with a severe form of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in intensive care.Just four regions in the country — Ile de France, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France and Guyana — account for 70% of patients being hospitalized in intensive care.Elsewhere, in overseas territories owned by France, there are a total of 202 hospitalizations, including 34 in intensive care.Since the start of the pandemic, 106,296 people have been hospitalized in the country and 79,734 people have returned home.A total of 30,165 people have died so far in France, including 19,649 people in hospitals and 10,516 in nursing and care homes.4:50 a.m.: Prime minister hopes Russian coronavirus vaccine will be available in fallThe Russian authorities are hoping to receive a reliable domestic coronavirus vaccine in the fall, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.“I do hope that we will receive our own Russian reliable vaccine against coronavirus in the fall,” Mishustin said in the State Duma on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the number of reported new infections in the country remained below 6,000 for the third day in a row.Russia confirmed 5,862 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 789,190.Over the past 24 hours 165 people have died, making the total death toll in the country 12,745.A total of 9,669 people recovered over the last 24 hours, which brought the overall number of recoveries to 572,053.2:10 a.m.: RNC attendees in Jacksonville to take ‘in-home’ tests before event, no commitment to requiring masksAlmost a month before Republicans are set to gather in Jacksonville, Florida, for President Donald Trump’s second nomination, in a state seeing a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases, the Republican National Committee outlined in more detail the safety procedures that will be in place for the nominating event in a memo obtained by ABC News.Convention-goers heading to Jacksonville for the Republicans celebration are expected to take an “in-home COVID-19 test” before the gatherings in either Charlotte or Jacksonville, paid for by the Republican National Committee.The Jacksonville-based event will be spread across indoor and outdoor venues, the memo says, with planners set to use “Daily’s Place Flex Field, TIAA Bank Field, Daily’s Place Amphitheater, and others” in a multi-block radius of Jacksonville. The party is also preparing for a smaller-scale gathering, with organizers cutting back the number of attendees by limiting the attendance of alternate delegates and guests of delegates in Jacksonville.On the night of Trump’s anticipated speech, which is slated for Thursday, guests of alternative delegates won’t be permitted inside the convention venue.Among those who plan to participate in-person for the event, planners indicated that attendees will be tested more than once, writing in the memo “a variety of COVID testing available before and during the convention activities.” Attendees will be asked to provide consent to allow the testing company to share their results with the RNC.On-site in Jacksonville, various health and safety precautions will be in-place and will “include, but are not limited to, on-site temperature checks, available PPE, and aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” according to the memo.But still, Republicans did not commit to requiring masks at the convention and there was no mention of social distancing throughout the nine-page memo.“We will follow the local and state health guidelines in place at the time of the convention,” the memo reads.12:26 a.m.: 59 NFL players test positive for COVID-19The NFL announced on Tuesday that 59 players have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Meanwhile, the NFL and the NFLPA announced Monday that they had agreed on COVID-19 testing protocols. Players and team personnel will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, then every other day, as long as their team’s positive test rate is and remains under 5%.New symptom-based testing guidelines from the league were updated on July 17.If and when NFL training camps open next week, as currently scheduled, teams’ rosters will include a maximum of 80 players, as opposed to the usual 90, in an effort to help enforce social distancing measures in team facilities. This is according to sources who were on an NFLPA players call Tuesday night discussing details of the league’s latest proposal on coronavirus protocols.Sources also said the NFL and the union officially agreed Tuesday to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season. The agreement came a day after the league offered to the union to play no preseason games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.Thus, with Tuesday’s developments, the league and the players’ union are inching closer to an agreement on rules that will govern training camp and the season under these difficult circumstances. Weeks of negotiations seem to be coming to a head, as sources who were on the players’ call Tuesday night said there has been agreement on several issues but work remains to be done on others.A major issue reportedly concerning players right now is the procedure under which they can opt out of the 2020 season if they are in a high-risk category or they’re simply not comfortable playing amid the pandemic.One source said the league has offered to give stipends — $250,000 for active roster and $100,000 for practice squad — to players who opt out because they’re in high-risk categories but nothing for players who opt out voluntarily.The source said the league’s proposal would be that players who opt out would have their contracts “toll” — meaning just slide back a year and pick up next year where they are now — but that the teams would in the meantime retain whatever rights they had to release or trade those players under their current contracts.The players are seeking better protections due to the unprecedented circumstances. 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Ace adds credibility to your ‘sickie’ days

first_img Ace Alibi (, for a fee, will do the dirty work for you. If you or a colleague are planning a day out, how about making use of the special telephone number set up by Ace Alibi, which will connect the suspicious superior to a “conference organiser” or a “hotel receptionist”? This person’s job is then to convince the caller that the employee is really very hard at work at this conference and is not just in the bar. Even more amazingly, if the conference is in Cardiff, they promise that the voice at the end of the line will be Welsh. Most of those using the service, according to the web site owners, are professionals, but they are more circumspect when asked why people are using such a service. Very wisely, they don’t ask why someone is using it.Angry e-mails take the Mickey• The destructive potential of terse e-mail messages has been demonstrated in the most unlikely of places – Disneyworld.It has been reported that all hell broke loose after an electronic war of words among employees.Mediators were allegedly called in to defuse the situation, which was caused when stressed employees sent abrupt e-mails to colleagues perceived to have made mistakes. Apparently some of the recipients sent the e-mails straight back with messages like, “What is this?” attached, precipitating the kind of chaos usually restricted to cartoons.Guru can only hope it was not someone in a Mickey Mouse costume who caused the trouble. He’s heard of kids getting thrown out for rude gestures to cartoon characters – but not vice versa.Kevin forced out of JobCentre job • Anyone in need of someone with admin skills should go straight to Evesham, Worcester, and hire poor Keith Skidmore.The Mirror reported last week that Skidmore, a temporary admin worker at the town’s JobCentre, lost his post just a week before he qualified for a full-time contract – because the Government deemed unemployment in the town was too low to justify his full-time position.In his final week at work, Skidmore was forced to hand out application forms to people wanting his £10,000-a-year post – because it was government policy to replace him with another temporary employee.Not surprisingly, Skidmore was not best pleased about being put on £150 a week benefits until his former colleagues find him a new job. He is reported as saying, “It seems madness. There is a job here but I can’t have it. The policy stinks.” An employment service spokesman denied the allegations, claiming Skidmore was advised two months ago to take a permanent position but did not take up the suggestion.Vouchers cut out the middle man• Reports have reached Guru of an interestingly-paid member of staff. Consultants at Towers Perrin last week highlighted the case of a call centre employee who is paid in childcare and shopping vouchers.As most of Guru’s money is spent at Tesco and on childcare it seems that this is a step in the right direction. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Ace adds credibility to your ‘sickie’ daysOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Oxbridge applicants face technical difficulties during admissions tests

first_imgAn Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell, “Some centres in the UK experienced technical issues and CAAT are looking into these as a matter of urgency. At this stage, they have not confirmed the number of candidates affected, but we know it is a small percentage of the total number of participants.” The tests aim to provide an additional piece of information for tutors to differentiate between many well-qualified candidates, particularly because candidates come from a wide range of countries and hold many different qualifications. However, according to some schools in the UK, a number of students have been disadvantaged by tests not working, test links not arriving, or formatting issues stopping them from completing questions. 16 complaints regarding links not being sent or logins not working were posted on Cambridge Assessment’s Twitter page between November 3 and 5. Image credit: SjPrice / Pixabay The admissions tests were sat in more than 3,000 locations around the world. The majority of candidates completed their assessment smoothly, except for a small number of centres in the UK. Speaking to Schools Week, a Cambridge Assessment spokesperson said: “It is extremely important to us that no candidate is disadvantaged and we have a special consideration process for any candidate who felt that something on test day – be it a technical or other issue – impeded their ability to answer the questions.” A number of candidates who sat for university admissions tests two weeks ago, such as the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), experienced technical difficulties with the online test software, potentially dashing their hopes of being admitted to Oxbridge. “Because it was being invigilated online she didn’t want to run the risk of being accused of plagiarism or communicating during the exam so she stayed silent,” said the teacher, who wished to remain anonymous. “He couldn’t have his phone and no one could speak to him,” McNamara said. “For him it was stressful – there is a lot riding on him doing well in the exam.” “Oxford University recognise the distress that affected students may be feeling and will support them wherever possible. Candidates who experienced issues in the run up to test day or on the day itself have been advised to let us know via either or both Oxford’s own extenuating circumstances form or the Special Consideration process on the CAAT website so that tutors considering their applications are aware of any exceptional challenges they may have faced,” the spokesperson added. Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT), which administers the tests, moved assessments online this year, to support candidates around the world who might be self-isolating or subject to restrictions and unable to sit a test in a centre. These tests were delivered online through a platform provided by Mercer Mettl. CAAT has been contacted for comment. Candidates who wish to pursue Medicine or Biomedical Sciences at Oxford University are required to sit the BMAT. The TSA is also an admissions requirement for a number of Oxford courses in the social sciences and humanities, including Economics and Management, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. According to remarks from another teacher published by Schools Week, a student who sat the TSA was unable to view sections of the exam script, as the screen zoomed in on the text that she was attempting to analyse, making it impossible to read. Graham McNamara, the director of sixth form at Chiswick School in west London, shared with Schools Week that a pupil sitting the BMAT had to be isolated for 2.5 hours until the test link was sent through.last_img read more